A detailed table has been drawn up listing the international environmental agreements to which the Union is already a party or signatory. Go to the data at the end of this page on increasing participation in international environmental agreements. I deliberately exclude intergovernmental soft law such as action plans, agreed measures, codes of conduct, declarations, resolutions and other similar policies, because they are not binding. I also exclude European Union (EU) directives, as they differ in several respects from other international agreements (Burns 2002; Burhenne and Jahnke in 1993; Brown Weiss 1997). „Agreements“ are distinguished from non-binding instruments based on the terms of the title of the agreement, as described in the following tables: existing political systems around the world, differences and conflicts are obstacles to the establishment of environmental protocols. First, maintaining sovereignty means that no country can be compelled to participate, but can only be pushed to do so. Therefore, as French put it, „international law has the force of moral usage, but few real teeth.“  Second, North-South conflicts can block cooperation and provoke conflicts. The countries of the global South, considered to be the poor, generally consider that the countries of the North, the rich, must take responsibility for environmental degradation and bring about significant changes in their way of life, which none of the North considers reasonable. The South argues that the North has already had the opportunity to develop and that it has already been heavily polluted during its industrial development. The introduction of renewable energy sources and the reduction of CO2 emissions are common objectives of environmental agreements. They can also be indicators of a country`s major environmental changes. The United States, for example, increased the share of renewables in energy production by 27% between 1990 and 2015 and reduced per capita CO2 emissions by 21%. OECD Environment Directorate – Statistics, publications and country documents and information on issues of international environmental law.
This category and subcategories are intended to identify all agreements aimed at protecting or managing human interactions with plant and animal species. It covers all agreements relating to fish and fisheries management, as well as all agreements relating to agriculture (but excluding agreements on raw materials). The encoding terms used for inclusion are as follows: this category aims to identify agreements relating to the conservation, management, conservation and protection of natural resources, natural systems and wilderness or the promotion of sustainable development. The encoding terms used for inclusion are as follows: the term environment is broad. Some agreements cover a range of environmental protection measures, while others are extremely specific. The International Environmental Agreements Database Project divides agreements into the following environmental categories: International environmental agreements are a category of contracts with political and economic implications that go beyond their environmental impact, but many people are unaware of their peculiarities. . .